In both honor of hip-hop legend GURU‘s passing on this day last year,
& also commemoration of the first official release from TaRaach in quite some time -
LA Series #9 from All City‘s 10-part series of 10″ split-EPs,
we have “Lemonade (Suite Jezuz Original).”
The track is a lost outtake from the recently EP,
shared with Mochilla co-founder Coleman on the flipside,
on which we get introduced to a whole new sound from Raach -
one based in almost entirely live instruments,
combining a more organic/garage band sound
with the same signature slop & swing we’ve come to know him for,
& the outcome bringing us somewhere between Basquiat’s Gray band
& Madlib’s YNQ excursions,
but yet still fully Turled – as he himself puts it on the EP’s tracklisting.
Consider these tracks just one step in a forward direction for TaRaach,
actually – maybe more of an apartment stoop or a porch than a step.
One meant to sit back & vibe on – some open-air conversation starting music.
& with that said,
we present you with this unreleased cut – straight from the patio:
the full-length original, but alas – unclearable, vocal version of “Lemonade,”
(Raach sent it to me labelled as “LEMONADE (ORIGINAL – SUITE JEZUZ)”
in an otherwise blank e-mail, so we’ll go with that -
although the album version’s subtitle of “(Guru Mix)”
might make more sense for this one – but since when has sense mattered?)
in pristine 320 kbps sound – ready to be added in all the laptop DJ’s rotations.
Also included are both promo leaks that All City have put out from the EP so far,
including the retail version of “Lemonade” &
Coleman’s “Earthquakes” – a synthy tambourine jangler of a tune,
which seems to expand upon the posthumous percussive funk of Dilla’s “Love Movin.”
& of course,
R.I.P. to Keith “GURU” Elam – one of hip-hop’s eternal voices.
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please visit FuckSolar.com
for some topnotch reporting on some of the tricknology regarding his death &
how his legacy has been handled since.
Because after all -
Lemonade was a popular drink,
& it still is.